Bangaru Laxman

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Bangaru Laxman (born 1939) is an Indian politician. He was a minister of state for railways in Government of India from 1999 to 2000. Later he became President of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but resigned soon after Tehelka corruption case.

Early life

Bangaru Laxman was born in a Dalit family in Andhra Pradesh. He did his BA and LLB.

Career

Bangaru Laxman joined politics at a young age. He was jailed during emergency in 1975. He was elected to Rajya Sabha in 1996. He has held many party positions including the party president.

He was involved in a major controversy when a private TV network tehelka.com showed him taking bribes on a hidden camera while he was the president of the BJP. He was forced to resign as the party president and a criminal case was registered against him which has entered prosecution stage. However, he was never convicted (as Indian Politicians rarely are).

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